Difference between revisions of "Ingushetia"
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The Ingush are the closest relatives of the Chechens and have shared their Sufi Islamic beliefs as well as their fate in rebellion and conquest vis-à-vis the Russians. Like the Chechens, the Ingush were accused by Stalin of Nazi collaboration and were deported to Kazakhstan. When Khrushchev allowed them to return home, they found that their Orthodox Christian neighbors, the Ossetes, had settled on formerly Ingush lands, launching a violent ethnic conflict which rages on today.
Although the majority of Ingushetia's population lives in the larger northern towns, the Ingush consider their true heritage to be tied to the ancient auls (stone mountaintop villages) in the south of Ingushetia, especially along the Assy Gorge.
Russian is understood by all; bilinguilism in Ingush (a language related to Chechen) or other regional languages is common.
"Assa" Hotel-located in Nazran
Travel is not recommended for Ingushetia until the security situation improves drastically. At present, Ingushetia should be considered a war zone.
In Ingushetia there are three federal GSM operators (MTS, Beeline, Megafon) and they often have offers that give you a SIM card for free or at least very cheap. If you are planning to stay a while and to keep in touch with Ingushetian and other North-Caucasus people, then you should consider buying a local SIM card instead of going on roaming. If you buy a SIM card from a shop you'll need your passport for identification. It only takes five minutes to do the paperwork and it will cost less than $10.